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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Dave Oehler

Dr. Dave Oehler



106B Fine Arts


660.562.1346 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1982

Associate Professor

Department Chair


  • Ph.D. Higher Education; Iowa State University, 1990
  • M.F.A. Theatre Design and Technology; University of Utah, 1982
  • B.A. Speech Education; Iowa State University, 1978

Courses Taught

  • 43-210 Design Principles in Theatre
  • 43-212 Technical Skills: Costumes
  • 43-391 Costuming
  • 13-403 Senior Exhibition
  • 29-102 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Academic Interests

  • Costume Design and Technology
  • Makeup Special Effects
  • Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Planning
  • Instructional Design
  • Teaching Evaluation
  • Program Evaluation
  • Assessment of Student Learning

Scholarly Activity

Theatrical Designs

  • Costume/Makeup Design for Death Comes for Jesse James, 2013
  • Costume/Makeup Design for Barefoot in the Park, February 2013
  • Makeup Special Effects for Midwives and Witches, October 2012
  • Costume/Makeup Design for Wiley and the Hairy Man, October 2012
  • Costume/Makeup Design for Fuddy Meers, April 2012
  • Costume Coordinator for Oklahoma!, March 2012

Publications (book chapters)

  • "Exploring Good Leadership and Management Practice in Higher Education: Issues of Engagement."  Chapter co-author.  The Use of Evidence in Decision Making in Higher Education by Jan Botha, Berit Karseth, Lin Norton, David Oehler, Pete Sayers and Philip Sullivan.  Jill Rogers Associates Limited, Publishers, Cambridge, England 2006.
  • "Quality and Performance Excellence in Higher Education: Baldrige on Campus."  Chapter co-author.  Northwest Missouri State University by Dean L. Hubbard and David C. Oehler.  Anker Publishing Company, Inc., 2005.
  • "Goal Setting Workshops."  Chapter in The Culture for Quality: Effective Faculty Teams, Prescott Publishing Co., 1995.


  • The Hubbard Cycle: Seven Steps to Improved Quality and Reduced Costs.  Co-author. 
  • David C. Oehler and Dean L. Hubbard.  Prescott Publishing Co.  July 2005.
  • Guidelines for Implementing the Seven-Step Q/ABC Planning Process.  David C. Oehler and Dean L. Hubbard, Northwest Missouri State University, 2003.
  • Guidelines for the Implementation of the Seven-Step Planning Process.  David C. Oehler and Tracie A. Knapp, Northwest Missouri State University, June 1996.
  • Benchmarking: What it is and how to do it.  David C. Oehler, Northwest Missouri State University, May 1996.

Presentations (international)

  • Learning From America. Presentations with Philip Sullivan. - A Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) Leadership, Governance and Management Fund Project, February 2006, University of Manchester, University of Northumbria, University of Sheffield, University of London, United Kingdom.
  • Using Assessment to Drive Institutional Improvements at Northwest Missouri State University: 
  • A Case Study. - Dr. David C. Oehler and Dr. Linda Hays, Program Director, Higher Education Assessment, Educational Testing Service. - Assessing Quality in Higher Education (AQHE), Eleventh International Conference, July 25, 1999, Manchester, UK.

Presentations (invitational)

  • Keynote speaker for "CQI Day" at Dakota State University (2011), four presentations including the SHEEO/NCES Network Conference and IPEDS Workshop (2006), the South Carolina FIPSE 2001 National Conference on Performance Funding, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Region V Annual Meeting (2006), and Missouri Statewide ETS Academic Profile Workshops (2002)

Presentations & Workshops (national, regional, state)

  • Twenty-seven national presentations and seventeen state / regional presentations on Quality, Measurement, Data Analysis, and Reporting Systems between 1993 and 2006; twenty-two workshops on Quality Planning, Dashboards / Balanced Scorecards, use of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence between 1994 and 2008

Faculty Research / Scholarly Activities

  • Five local grants between 1991 and 2008; approximately 70 theatrical designs between 1982 and 1993

Other Professional Experiences

Baldrige/Missouri Quality Award Application

  • Contributing author to twelve Baldrige-based Quality Award applications, 1994-2008

Consulting Experience

  • Over thirty consultation services regarding Quality Planning, Dashboard / Balanced Scorecard Implementation, and Using Quality Principles for Assessment and Management, 2000-2011

Dashboard Showcase Workshops

  • Hosted nine showcases highlighting our locally developed Dashboard / Balanced Scorecard system, serving 34 attendees, 2004-2008


  • Journal referee for two submissions to the Regional Business Review